Guest Book

Vasilis Kaloutsikidis

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hi guys, you are very inspining for me! Thanks!!!!!!!

carlos lopez

Sunday, July 30, 2017

THE BEST!!!!!!

Elias Diaz Lozano

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Teresa L

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Love...Love....Love.... the story of your marriage proposal. Wonderful moments...thanks for sharing.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

I am very exited with your love story!!!!Good luck for you both!!!!

Will Chao

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This is so sweet, you two are such an inspiration! :)


Thursday, January 31, 2013

you are very sincere, Melissa! I would like to wish you to have happy children!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's been a week now since I isolated myself in this large room of mine. The only space I have to feel safe and yet so lonely. I 've been trying to find answers to many questions. About life, hoping to see the truth. I am lost. For this I am sure. Seems that photography is a path that makes my life harder. Almost unbearable. Am I giving up?

Then Tonight, I found you. You two. Melissa & Jerry. Reading you and feeling you through the words. Your love and this lightness of being is just the emotion I needed to feel. I am alive and I Love. I am Loved of this I am certain now this time. You made me realize how important to stop searching hard around when the most important is just here in my heart: In my Life.

I Feel blessed by seeing finding Google for once a medium for love :)

I with all my heart would love to see your love grow to infinity. So you can spread it around and give this tiny little help or hope to those who are still trying to find what is clearly beneath their very Eye.

Christian Marc Vetter

Friday, June 1, 2012

Beautiful candid shots of you both! You two are such a beautiful couple and ofcourse as two individuals amazing people also. You guys really show that being successful doesn't have to mean not having a great relationchip. I didn't know you had this website but came accross it looking for your wedding video sample. What a great idea to share with all your guests and friends. I know its been a while since you got married but i'l say again, congrats to you both! May your marriage bring growing happiness and love for you both on every tomorrow. I know its cheesy but I wrote it myself ;)

Fabiano Silva

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Congrats and God Bless you both ;D


Thursday, January 27, 2011

congrats you look excellent. please contact me. i'd live to hear from you. congrats again to both of u.

Ben Marden

Friday, January 21, 2011

Dear Jerry & Melissa,

So bummed I cant make it to what will easliy be the wedding of the year, perhaps decade!

What I really want to know is...what shoes is the groom wearing, pointy white boots are so hot right now :o)

Love Ben Marden


Friday, January 21, 2011

Dearest Mel&Jerry

Wishing you the happiest wedding and best life together!! Des and I wish we can be there with you, celebrating, as you were with us :) Sending you lots of love, happiness and laughters. Loooove it and looooove you guys xoxoxo

Mel, Des, Amoule, Pat and Elias


Victor Kalachnikov

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Congratulations to both of you. As much as Id love to be there I can't make it.

Wishing you both a life time of happiness.

Lots of love from Victor Kalachnikov

Angelo & Amanda

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hey Cuzzz & Mel,

We are extremely happy for both of you. We are certain your wedding will be just gorgeous and we would love to be able to share the day with you. Unfortunately we will be in Tassie with all of Amanda's family coming from around the country for a late Christmas, that has been planned and booked for six months.

All our love to you both.

Hope to catch up soon.

A & A

Zane Ghionis

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I miss u and i cant wait till your big day Jerry and Melissa.{CONGRATULATIONS}

Alycia & Kevin

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm so excited for you two! HUGE Congrats from KJ & Me! :) Unfortunately, we can't make it in "body" but will be thinking of y'all in spirit! Enjoy your gorgeous day!


Alycia & Kevin

PS Don't think this gets you out of being tour guides for us when we do finally get "down under"... who else will show us random boring gas station signs with such delight and pleausre!? :::mwah::::

Tammy Warnock

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm so happy for you both and so sad that I won't be able to make for your wedding. May your married live be even more magical than your courtship has been. Love you both!


Erina and Owen Peters

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Such an amazing story! One that only a gorgeous man like Jerry could conjour up!

We are so happy for the both of you and cant believe we are going to miss a very love filled gorgeous day!

No doubt on the day you are both going to look stunning and we cant wait to see the all the amazing photos!

Enjoy the day... its goes way too fast!

Much love Owen and Erina


Serena Bolton

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hello the future Mr and Mrs Ghionis

Congratulations to you both, I am SO thrilled and happy for you , you are the perfect and most gorgeous couple! WOW Jerry's proposal was just SO romantic and I have loved reading through your online wedding in vitation.

I am very sad not to be able to celebrate your BIG day with you but I will be thinking of you on the day and sending you lots and lots of love from England.

Serena x

Elvio & Natalie

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

As much as we would LOVE to be there, unfortunately we can't. Although we will definitely be seeing each other again soon!!

Wishing you both all of the love and happiness that this special day has to offer. Truly enjoy every minute of it!

Looking forward to seeing the pictures of you beautiful lovebirds!

Lots of Love from your favourite Canadian models...Elvio & Nat

Jen & Steve Bebb

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thanks again for the invitation - we both wish that we could be there, but the timing is tough for us.

We're planning a family trip to Oz in May, so with luck, we'll be able to celebrate with you then. And, of course, there are the conventions both before and after the wedding.

Can't wait to see you both in San Antonio and give you huge hugs.

Much Love!

joe buissink

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Congrats!! Wish we could make it.... my wife wants to go badly :) Simply bad timing for us. We just moved home and studio, and are settling into our new space.

Love you guys!! And will be thinking about you :)

jessica claire

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I love you guys and wish the best for you both! I REALLY wish we could make it, but sadly, we are mid-house buying process and there's just no way! Best of luck to both of you and I (along with the rest of the world) will be eagerly awaiting the photos!



Denis Reggie

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I am so happy to read the details of your love story and wish you a lifetime of more adventures and bliss together. I raise my glass to both of you and will be thinking of you on your big day. Much love to you from Atlanta as you embark on this exciting journey.

Skip and Sheila

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wish we could be there, but since we can't we'll just have to stretch out the celebration to when we're some place on the planet at the same time. In the mean time we wish you all the happiness in the world. We're so proud to have you in our lives and look forward to the next time our paths cross.

"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction." It's an old quote from the 30's from a French author. We've never seen two people better matched to look out and forward...and still do a great job of gazing at each other!


Tony L Corbell

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

So sad I can'tbe there but will see you soon after in LAs Vegas.

VERY happy for you guys and looking forward to seeing you both soon,

Love ya,

Tony, drummer for Full Frame Boogie...


Monday, January 10, 2011

Can't wait to see you guys tie the knot and have heaps of fun. I miss you Jelissa, come back soon xo

Alicia and Alex Kennison

Saturday, January 8, 2011

As the days are getting closer I'm more and more excited for you both. Can't wait to see you smiling at each other like fools in love (as you should be). ;)

See you both soon xoxo

Mike and Diana Hanline

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We are so happy for both of you! What an amazing journey you guys have begun. A very, very special congratulations from us. We really want to come and celebrate, but it just isn't possible for us this year. We would love to visit when we do get in your neighborhood one of these days. Look forward to visiting in San Antonio.

Big Hugs from both of us!

Mike and Diana

George Fragopoulos

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Congratulations!! We can't wait to celebrate your love for eachother on your wedding day. With much love, George & Fiona xoxox

Erica Ferrone

Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm so unbelievably excited for you guys!!!! The site looks awesome and I can't tell you how much it means to me to be invited to your big day. It is with HUGE regret that I cannot make it, but I will 100% be there in spirit and we will celebrate big time when you come back to Boston :)



Sam, Voula, Jonte & Chloe Makrigiannakis

Monday, December 20, 2010

Congratulations to the both of you. We would love to attend your special day. V

Katarina Garner

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jerry & Melissa;

Honestly, I'm so completely overjoyed for you two!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Jim and I would love to be there in person and will be there in spirit for certain - thank you for including us in what is sure to be a most amazing series of events.

Really look forward to seeing the gorgeous Mr&Mrs soon!!

Jerry - wow - amazing proposal. Thank you for sharing your story Melissa in this incredible way. Beautiful.

Much love,

Katarina & Jim

John and Dalisa Cooper

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jerry & Melissa:

Thank you so much for thinking of us - we are so honored that we came to mind. I had such a great time reading through this site and all about the propsal, I could just feel your excitement, Melissa! Hats off to you, Jerry! We are so sad that we cannot attend - we thought for sure we would but the calendar seems to fill up much quicker than we would like. We absolutely cannot wait until the next time that we see you two. Congratulations and big Hugs and Kisses all the way from Las Vegas!


John and Dalisa

Quin Cheung

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


We are beyond thrilled for you!! Dancing with joy over here! We know you guys will have a celebration of a lifetime and we're so honored that you thought of us to join you.

After much discussion and trying to make things work, we're both sad to say that we won't be able to make it. Boo! Sending our love and we can't wait for our chance to give you massive hugs and kisses in person!!! XOXO DQ

Ned & Nuria

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hey Kids,

We would not miss this for the world and we can't wait to be part of your special day with the fabulous couple !!



Gill Taylor

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hi guys ... I've had so much fun reading through your wedding website ! We are so happy for you both and want to take this opportunity to wish you every happiness in your life together.

We are gutted that we can't make the trip to Australia to see you get hitched and to celebrate with you, but unfortunately I have a wedding a couple of days after yours (how rude LOL).

Have a blast! Can't wait to see the photos !!!

Vanessa Hall

Friday, December 10, 2010

So happy for you both! Excited to share your special day with you both...CANT WAIT!! xxx Vanessa

Jasmine Star

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We are SO incredibly happy for you both!!!

We're also bummed we cannot make it, but we know your day will be perfect and we're jealous we can't be there in person to celebrate! ;)

Have an extra glass of champagne for us!


Marscarpone Cheese

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hi Jerlissa!

Super excited and looking forward to what will be a gorgeous series of events. This wedsite is the best!!!

MC. xoxoxox

con & jenny

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

congratulations to both, even as we dont know Melisa we do know jerry from a mere little boy and we are very happy for both

may you find many years of happiness together in your life as a happy and united family

Jess Schembri

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Well what can I really say about the two of you? You both know how happy we are for you guys and how much we truly love you both!

I have rarely seen two people so absolutely fitted for eachother in everyway and it make us so happy knowing that you two - like Ryan and myself will look forward to growing old together, travellng the world and supporting each other in every footstep you take. It's a beautful thing when two people can share their lives both personally and professionally and we cannot express enough how excited we are to be a part of it all!!!!

Love you guys and counting down the days xxxx

Ali Handal

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Congratulations, you crazy kids!!! Your proposal story has got to be the most romantic thing I have ever read -- WOW!!

I had such a great time visiting you last week. I don't think I can make it back to Melbourne in January, but if for some reason that changes, I will let you know.

Thank you so much for the invitation, and I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!



Nicole Fitzpatrick

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

OMG - I hadn't heard "The Proposal" before and although I shouldn't be surprised knowing Jerry, I still can't believe how amazing and unique it was. I was so excited just reading it, I can't imagine how stunned you would have been Melissa! Congrats guys - I'm looking forward to seeing you both on what promises to be an amazing day!

Louie Papadakos & Tina Margaritis

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Congratulations to you both. Looking forward to meeting the lovely bride and sharing many happy moments together. Keep that big smile happening and as you put it...FUN...that's what it is all about. Hope you have a fantastic life together.

annee simas

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

you guys...this totally made me cry!! i love you guys. i'm so happy for both you. you have touched so many lives and you both are such wonderful people...may God bless you both with true love forever and may you always see and feel in eachother what you see and feel right now.

love you


joy bianchi brown

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

this is so fun! thanks for including us... we are so thrilled to be a part of your lives. love you guys!


jen bebb

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We are so excited for you two...and we are doing everything we can to make it there for the wedding!



Monday, December 6, 2010

First off, I love love, and I'm so happy for both of you. Second, I think I'm shooting on the 15th and 22nd, with a conference in between, and I leave for a wedding in India on the 30th of January. The math is making my head spin, and I honestly don't know that I can make it. But I am an adventurer, so I will think on it. More soon. :-) Big hugs to both of you. :-) Dina

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For Travelers

For our out-of-town guests

This page is especially for all of our friends who will be travelling from far away to be with us. We've compiled a list of things that might be helpful for you when planning your trip to Melbourne. First you'll find a list of accommodations and then don't forget to keep reading below to find a list of things you might want to do while you're here!

--Jerry and Melissa


For our friends that will be travelling from overseas, we've put together a list of suggestions for hotel accommodation - whether you'd like to stay close to our apartment or central to the heart of Melbourne, or closer to ceremony location near beautiful St. Kilda beach, we have some options for you in all different price ranges. But as always if you need any help or if you have any questions, just reach out to us at

Hilton South Wharf

2 Convention Centre Place

South Wharf, Vic (Australia)

Tel: +61-3-9027-2000

Crowne Plaza Hotel

1-5 Spencer Street

Melbourne, Australia

Tel: +61-3-9648 2777

Quest Docklands

750 Bourke Street

Docklands, Melbourne

Tel: +61-3-9630-1000

Novotel St. Kilda (very close to ceremony location)

16 Esplanade

St. Kilda, Australia

Tel: +61-3-9525-5522

Things to do while in Melbourne

Since so many of our friends are from out of town, we'd love to have you stay in Melbourne a few extra days and enjoy the sites while you're here. Here are some ideas for things to do the day after the wedding:

A city-wide tour of beautiful Melbourne with an option to take a cruise on the Yarra - the river that runs right through the center of the city.

A day trip adventure along the scenic Great Ocean Road - one of the most popular attractions in our state. Enjoy a full day experiencing one of the world's most beautiful coastal drives.

And for some of those really adventurous souls...explore Melbourne and the entire Docklands area via a unique ad fun kayak trip on the Yarra river:

Our Wedding


Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (Ceremony location)

The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron is located in St. Kilda at:

Pier Road


Victoria 3182

(at the end of Fitzroy St)


Telephone: +61(0)3 9534 0227

The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron is located in the Catani Gardens, 150 metres north of St Kilda Pier and 200 metres north of the St Kilda Sea Baths Complex.

Directions if you are coming by car:

From the South. Head north, as if to Port Melbourne along Marine Parade in Elwood, which becomes Jacka Boulevard opposite Luna Park in St.Kilda. Continue 500 metres north and turn left immediately after the St. Kilda Sea Baths Complex along Pier Road, which has authorised traffic access restrictions (ignore).Continue behind the Squadron where the yachts are located in the boat yard.Parking is available in Pier Road.

From the North and the City: Head south along Beaconsfield Parade, as if heading to Elwood. At Cowderoy Street, turn right (west) and cross the median strip and continue across into Pier Road. Head south 1.5 km along Pier Road to the Squadron continuing through the authorised traffic access restriction signs to the parking behind the Squadron in Pier Road.

From the East - St. Kilda Road and Punt Road. Head west along Fitzroy Street into the St.Kilda shopping precinct over Grey Street to where Fitzroy Street swings south to become The Upper Esplanade and meets Jacka Boulevard. The Squadron building is 150 metres west on the other side of road. To access you must proceed 250 metres south along Jacka Boulevard towards Elwood to where a U turn lane is located. You can U turn to the north and then left into Pier Road after the St.Kilda Sea Baths Complex, continuing through the authorised traffic access restriction signs to the parking behind the Squadron in Pier Road.


Car parking is available in Pier Road or in front of the Squadron on Jacka Boulevard. Please remember to bring coins for the parking metres. Pay as you go parking is available in the St.Kilda Sea Baths Parking Station (3 levels).

Spitiko (Reception location)

Spitiko is a restaurant located at 270 Park Street, South Melbourne, Vic.

For a neighborhood map, please visit:

Directions from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron:

- Begin by going northwest on Pier Road toward Beaconsfield Parade

- Take the first left onto Beaconsfield Parade and follow for 0.7 km

- Turn right onto McGregor Street. Go through one roundabout and then turn left onto Canterbury Road. Canterbury Road will become Ferrars Street after about 1 km.

- Follow Ferrars Street for about 0.7 km and then turn right onto Park Street.

- Spitiko is located at 270 Park Street.


There is plenty street parking at Spitiko all along Park Street and around the corner on Perrins Street

Our Wedding


Casual BBQ

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Our House
Directions provided upon RSVP

We feel so honoured to have so many friends that will be traveling from far away to be with us at the wedding. As a special thank you, we've organised a very casual BBQ for our out-of-town guests to be held a 2 days after the wedding.

Wedding Ceremony

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron
Pier Road
St. Kilda, Victoria 3182 (Australia)

Our ceremony will be held just before sunset on the rooftop of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (, overlooking beautiful St. Kilda beach. (at the end of Fitzroy St)

The rooftop has gorgeous uninterrupted views over Port Phillip Bay. We'll begin our celebration with a cocktail hour for our guests before the ceremony begins. Please join us promptly at 7:00pm for cocktails and then enjoy a beautiful sunset as we exchange our vows .

Please be sure to visit the Directions page for directions to the ceremony and information on parking.

Wedding Reception

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Spitiko Restaurant
270 Park Street
South Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)

After the ceremony, we'll ask everyone to make their way to one of our favourite restaurants in Melbourne - Spitiko. Spitiko is owned by Jerry's brother, John, and we promise an evening filled with an incredible amount of fun, an overabundance of beautiful food and a great band. There will be no formalities for us - we're not going to have a first dance or even cut the cake. Instead, we're looking forward to spending an entire evening with you laughing and dancing until we head home exhausted at the end of the night.

About Us

Our Charity

The Soul Society

The Soul Society is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to caring for poor, homeless and orphan children in third world countries. It was founded by both of us last year and it was officially established as a non-profit charity earlier this year.

We all know that poverty exists and there are millions of people in the world in need of help. Perhaps it would be easy to dismiss the enormity of the problem as hopeless or feel overwhelmed by not knowing where to start. But what if you witnessed such poverty with your own two eyes or have even experienced it for yourself? Wouldnt that make you responsible? What do you do when ignorance is no longer bliss? The answer is simple:

Help one soul at a time. Soul to Soul.

This is truly one of the proudest achievements of our lives and we're so excited about all of the projects that are being made possible with the help of friends!

-Jerry and Melissa

About Us

Proposal probably makes the most sense to tell this story from my point of view (Melissa's) because this truly was one of the most amazing days of my life. It's so hard for me to even describe what an incredible two days I had just a couple of months ago. This man is just incredible.

The thing is, we had already talked about getting married and were actually already startig to make arrangements for the wedding. So there was never too much of a question as to whether I was going to say yes or not by this point! And because we had such a busy schedule and had so much to do before the wedding, I just assumed that the proposal would be very sweet, but very simple and quiet. And for some reason, I was completely convinced that he would propose to me in New York City since we were schedule to travel there the following week. It's pretty obvious now just how off I was on my assumptions!

So we woke up on Tuesday morning and since Jerry had a meeting on the other side of the city, I was just going to walk to the studio while he took the car. We got ready, had breakfast and then said goodbye at the door and went our separate ways. Nothing odd, nothing different, just another day at work. I spent the day at the studio and was just in full-on work mode. We were leaving less than a week later to go on a 6 week trip so to say that we were a little busy at the studio was a total understatement.

So at around 2:00 or so in the afternoon, the front door opened and we heard the chime that someone had just come into the studio. Sally turns to me and says, Are you expecting anyone? I replied no, but said its probably just Jerry who was coming back from his meeting. Sally went to check and came right back to say, Melissa, someones here to see you. Which is very weird. So I went to the foyer and theres a cute guy, very well dressed and he said, Hello, Melissa? Yes? He replies Its great to meet you! So I thought he was a client? Or maybe photographer? Then he follows that up and says I have strict instructions to have you come with me immediately. So I look out the door and theres a black Audi right outside our door (Were right on a pier so theres never any cars allowed this far down....) with the back door open. He says, So just get your bag and follow me. I suddenly got so very hot and my face got all red. I ran back to the production room and was just fumbling everywhere. I somehow managed to tell Sally that I had to go and she kept asking Where?? "Who are you going with?" (Sneaky little bugger - I actually believed she was just as surprised as I was!) And I kept saying, I dont know! It was the most surreal thing ever! I went outside and the driver escorts me to the car and Im trying to ask him where were going, but hes just smiling. I assumed that he was taking me to a restaurant and that Jerry was going to meet me there for a really nice lunch? At which point, I was really bummed, because I was definitely not dressed for a nice lunch. I had dressed super casually because it was going to be a long day at work. But I was still thought it was so romantic that Jerry wanted to take me out for lunch.

You see, what had completely thrown me off was that my birthday was the following day. Combine that fact along with the fact that I was convinced he wouldn't be proposing for another few weeks, and I really had no clue what was in store.

Then, the next thing I know the driver pulls up right in front of our building and he turns to me and says, Okay. Now I need you to go upstairs and pack an overnight bag and then be back down here no later than 3:50. Now I wish you could have seen my face. A what?!? An overnight bag?? Where am I going? What do I pack? The driver just smiles again and says, Just go upstairs, pack your bag. Im sure your questions will be answered when you go there. (Thank goodness I had my keys with me by the way!) So then I thought, Ahhhhh, Jerry must be meeting me in the apartment. How romantic! I got off the elevator and ran all the way to the front door, threw it open..... and no one was there.

All I saw was a big Chanel box on the kitchen counter. I almost died!! I ran into the kitchen, totally forgot to close the front door and opened the box. I knew what it was instantly. Theres this adorable little bag that weve been looking at for ages and I knew right away that he bought it for me. When I opened the box, there was a card designed by Karl Lagerfeld right at the top and it said, Meli-mou (which is a nickname Jerry has for me...) Youll need this for dinner tonight...... And then I turned the card over and it said, Sydney. xoxo"

I had to read - and reread - that note over and over again. SYDNEY??? As in Sydney the opera house and Harbour bridge Sydney. Right now??? Who does this!? Then I started finding the post it notes. And there were several. The first one said:

First do not call or text me. (Which was good because I had my phone in my hand to do exactly that).

Next, go upstairs and pack something really nice for dinner tonight (sexy). [Just in case I didnt understand what nice meant, I guess. ;) ]

You will have time to get ready.

Make sure everything fits into a carry-on bag.

And there were a few other very beautiful notes as well and at this point I was half giggling and laughing and half crying. All this because I was turning 34! Who knew??? Not only that, I still hadnt even talked to him. I was DYING that all of this was happening and I had no idea that he had planned any of it. I was running out of time because the driver was still downstairs and I now had about 15 minutes to pack and go. I went upstairs and there on the floor was my carry on bag, already opened, ready to be packed. Which was crazy because *I* left after him that morning. I started wondering if he had just parked across the street and waited for me to leave that morning? When did he have time to come back? I was too flustered to even try to work it out. And laughing and crying. This crazy, crazy, beautiful man.

When I was finished, I ran downstairs and there was the driver. I got in the car and he whisks me away again. He asked me if I knew where I was going yet, but I swear to you... I still wasnt sure. Surely we werent going to Sydney right now. First, who does that? And secondly, we had SO much going on at the studio, theres no way he would have just stopped everything. As a matter of fact, the studio calendar for the following day was absolutely filled with appointments all day long. (It was all a conspiracy though...they were all fake appointments that Jerry had "planted" earlier in the week.)

So I looked at the driver and said, Are we going to the airport??? And he just smiled and away we went! I was just beside myself in the back seat of that car. Just giggling and laughing and DYING to talk to Jerry but I had my instructions.

Finally, when we were close to the airport I got a text message. Its from Qantas Airlines, of all people, and you'll never believe it...the text message contained my boarding pass. A boarding pass for Sydney. So Im just laughing hysterically and so unbelievably excited and my heart is pounding because Im SURE Im about to see him at last.

So once we arrive at the airport, I thank the driver, run inside, get thru security and dash to the gate....and no Jerry. So then it finally dawns on me that he wanted me to get to the gate first and now hes going to walk up on me. So I run to the bathroom, make sure I look okay, sit down and I wait. And wait. And wait. And now were about to board the flight. They call my row number and still Jerrys not here. Is it actually possible that hes not even on this flight? Which worries me because my instructions ended at the airport. Thats why I assumed he was on this flight. I have nowhere to go after this.

I drag my heels but finally board the flight and Im in the second to last row so I can see the entire plane in front of me. Every last seat was filled. And of course, no Jerry. Now I have to sit on this flight, giggling like Im an absolute nut case and try not to die from excitement before getting there. I was in the middle seat, and I swear, my seatmates must have thought I was crazy. Halfway through the flight I stood up because I just could NOT sit still anymore and went to the back where the flight attendants were sitting and I was so nervous and so giddy that I just started chatting with them. One of the girls said, Are you going to be in Sydney for long? And I replied, .......I dont know! I didnt even know I was coming to Sydney when I woke up this morning! And then I told them the entire story. By the time we landed, they were giggling and so excited for me and kept saying they wanted to meet this gorgeous man who would do this crazy thing and for a 34th birthday. They were convinced that Jerry was going to be at the gate waiting for me so did I because thats where all of the instructions ended. Oh my goodness I cant even express how nervous and excited I was. My heart was POUNDING! It was crazy!

Because I was in the back of the plane I was one of the last ones out and I had this little mini entourage with me. It was hysterical! I had the two flight attendants and another passenger who just joined into the conversation as well and they were following me out of the plane so they could go see Jerry for themselves. They were speculating that he would have flowers and that he was going to be waiting for me it was all very exciting!!! So we finally get to the end of the walkway....and theres NO Jerry.

Now Im wondering...was he supposed to be on that flight? Did he miss it? Where am I supposed to go now?

So I slowly started walking towards baggage claim and dont you know? There was another cute, very well dressed guy with a sign that said, Ms. Tirado just walking towards me. Can you beleive this?? I know I couldn't. It really felt so surreal. I was just dying to see Jerry and just kiss him and squeeze him. So I started laughing again and said, Oh! Oh! Thats ME!!!

So this man took my carry-on bag and I started following him. He introduces himself and says that hell be taking me to my destination. To which I reply "...which is?? And he looked at me like I was an absolute idiot. You mean, you dont know where youre going? And I was only too happy to my story yet again. No! says I. I have no idea! I didnt even know I was coming to Sydney went I woke up this morning! And I promptly launched into the entire story again. I was so giddy! Meanwhile, he is putting on an oscar-willing peformance and telling me that he had no idea and what an unbelievable story this is. But everyones been telling me this all day so far and by now, Im not buying that line too quickly anymore. So I kept asking, Do you know Jerry? Have you spoken to him? Where are we going? Is it a hotel? Were not going to a restaurant yet, right? So he started pointing out the sights as we were driving by, I think to shut me up. These drivers were so amazing. They were so into making me believe them. I truly fell for it. I only found out later that both drivers knew everything all along. They were brilliant.

Finally we pull up in front of this hotel and I just melted. It was RIGHT on Sydney Harbour (It was this hotel:

Then just before he steps out, the driver says, Now. I need you to upstairs and get ready for dinner. I will be ready to pick you up in exactly one hour. Stay in your room and when I come back to pick you up, Ill call up to your room. There will be some wine and snacks in the room, just unwind and take your time getting ready.

Do you know what its like to be completely not in control of something? Im always in control! Im always the one that knows where we're going, where we have to be, what time we have to be there. Now Ive just spent an entire day not even knowing what my next step will be. I cant even describe to you how luxurious, how pampered I felt.

The bellman took my carry on bag as I stepped out of the car and he said, Im so happy you could join us, Ms. Tirado. Which is really bizarre since I hadnt told him my name yet. Then he leads me inside and a man came out from behind a desk, shakes my hand, leads me to a chair and says, Were so happy to have you here, Ms. Tirado. Please have a seat here. And at this point I cant stop smiling wider than should even be legal. I just flopped in the chair and said, Okay. Ill sit. Im just going to do what everyone tells me to do. No problems. And they guy laughed. He said, Now, I have some keys here for you. Of COURSE you do! You know my name and you have some keys for me already.

I was just trying to still work out exacty how Jerry made all of this possible. We're together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I mean, I should really know if he was planning something! Here I am, sitting in the MOST BEAUTIFUL hotel Ive ever seen and being treated like royalty. Two pretty blonde girls peek out from behind a door and give me a big smile and welcome me. It's like everyone was in on this except for me. Crazy!

So the hotel man shows me to my room and I promise Im not exaggerating about this...he opened the door. And I remember nothing more about that man. I dont remember him saying anything, I dont remember him leaving!! He opened the door and I saw the most spectacular room with the most breathtaking views Ive ever seen. I must have been in a daze. The room was so huge and there was a giant balcony.....with a full on view of the Sydney Opera House RIGHT OUTSIDE the door. It was like I could touch it.

This room was so big that I was just running into the rooms back and forth, back and forth, because I didnt even know what to take in first. Then I kept wanting to go into the bathroom, and I kept walking into the *closest* instead! Three times that happened to me. Wanted to go to the bathroom and I walked right into the closest. Remember Pretty Woman? The movie? I completely felt like that. (...without the prostitute part, as Jerry likes to point out every time I tell this story.)

Then I saw this GORGEOUS arrangement of flowers on the table that included my absolute favourite flowers. How did Jerry find them? I have no a clue. Then were a dozen chocolate covered strawberries. And a note that said simply, See You Very Soon.... I can't even describe all of the emotions I was feeling by this point. I love this man so much that words cant describe. Who does this???

So now Im really soaking it all in. First thing I did was take a shower. Do you know how cool this room was? I was in the bathroom (which is made up of 2 separate rooms, by the way) and as Im in the shower, I have a direct view, through the room, out the balcony, to the opera house. I said out loud in the shower, Im taking a shower and looking at the Sydney Opera House. It was unreal.

I then got out of the shower and then started getting ready for dinner. I got dressed, did my makeup perfectly, my hair, everything. I know knew that Jerry was obviously at the restaurant waiting for me. And that I was going to meet him there. So now Im REALLY getting excited and my heart was starting to pound. And I just wanted to quickly get there so I could see him.

I had just put my shoes on when I heard a sound by the door. I remembered seeing housekeeping in the hall earlier so I thought they were thinking of coming in to do the turndown service. So I hurried to put the "Do Not Disturb" sign out and just as I turned the corner in the room.....THERE he was.

Jerry had just walked in and he was so perfect. He was all showered, in a beautiful suit and tie, his hair was all perfect and he just looked so BEAUTIFUL. Theres really no other way to describe it. It caught my breath literally. I ran and he just gave me the most massive hug ever. And I could have stayed there forever. I was so happy and the entire day and so in love with him for going through so much just to give me a surprise.

The emotions I was feeling at this moment are indescribable. Even now. Because I was expecting to see him at the restaurant, there was no build up at all when I turned that corner and saw him. I just wasn't expecting him to be there at all. And because of that, the emotions that I felt at that moment when I saw him were so....raw. They were so real. I was just completely and madly in love with him and just so happy to be right there in his arms.

This was the absolute best surprise of my life. And then before I could even think, or breathe, he went down on one knee and he asked me to marry him right then and there.

To say that it was perfect is an absolute and complete understatement. It was beyond perfect. Perfect doesnt even begin to describe it. It was just breathtakingly beautiful. And still, that was just the beginning of the evening. We then had the most spectacular dinner at restaurant with floor to ceiling 360 degree views. The restaurant spun around slowly so we had incredible views of Sydney the entire evening.

Then he surprised me AGAIN the next day and we went to Bondi beach to meet our good friends, Ryan and Jess Schembri for lunch (who also helped to plan the Sydney leg of my surprise) and then he booked a harbour bridge climb for the next day, too. It just never stopped.

He put so much effort into this. Down to the dummy appointments in the calendar to make me believe that we were completely booked out all week.

Anyways, I could go on and on and on, (and I probaby will when I tell you this story in person), but I think it's safe to say that I'm going to be spending the rest of my life with a really amazing guy.

About Us

Our Story

We've actually known each other for about 7 years and have been the best of friends ever since. It never occurred to us all those years ago that we would be getting married some day. It was only this year, after some big changes in our lives, that we rediscovered each other in a whole new way and fell completely and madly in love.

Since this is a second wedding for both of us, we've decided to go against the grain and put together a celebration that reflects both of our personalities and our style. This wedding will be far from ordinary or traditional!

There will also be many little touches throughout the day that reflect our sense of style and our love of life. We love to have fun and that has been our main focus when planning this day. From the lack of a bouquet for Melissa (but it is being replaced by an even better accessory!), to Jerry's own unique wedding accessories to a reception that is very light on formalities, we want to make sure that everyone enjoys this celebration as much as we do.

And what about documenting all of this fun? So many people have asked us who will be photographing our wedding! If there was a way for Jerry to photograph our wedding, we're pretty sure we would have tried to make that happen. But it'll be fun for both of us to be on the other side of the camera for once... sort of!

Since we've both been in the photography industry for so many years, most of our friends are all professional photographers and we definitely have a lot of options available. Part of the reason we're getting married on a Monday is because almost all of our guests are wedding photographers who potentially have weddings over that weekend. So the answer to who will actually be photographing our wedding is a long one:

Since we are both photographers, we will actually be spending some time before the ceremony photographing each other as we are getting ready. Who else would be able to photograph the love of our lives the way we could?

Also Jerry's nephew, Zane, has wanted to be a professional photographer for as long as he can remember. He's 10 years old and already has the charismatic personality and the skills that make us sure he's going to grow up and be a huge success in whatever he decides to do. So we wanted to make sure to book him while we still can afford his rates. So now Zane will be photographing the entire day from his perspective and will even have some time on the wedding day for formal portraits of us in his own style. This is a paying job and we're really excited to see our day through his eyes.

But as far as our professional photographer goes - we're keeping that under wraps for the moment. :-)

About Us

The Groom

I'm an open book with my friends. So what more can I say that you don't already know? If you don't know anything about me...then you probably wouldn't have been invited to the wedding. :-)


About Us

The Bride

I was born in a suburb just outside Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. I'm an only child and grew up very close to my parents. Unfortunately, my parents and my extended family won't be able to make it to the wedding, but I know they will be with us in spirit. My parents are originally from Quebec, Canada and so that meant that the first language I learned was French. I soon learned English when I started school and somehow that created in me this great fascination with languages. I'm now fluent in 4 languages and working on my fifth in honour of Jerry's family.

I began my professional life with a career at a law firm in Boston, MA but soon launched a photography studio specialising in weddings and portaits. Earlier this year, I left the studio to begin my life with Jerry and we've been working together at his studio in Melbourne ever since.

But when we're not working, I really love traveling, visiting new cities together with Jerry and enjoying some pretty awesome dinners in some exotic countries. But to be honest, a perfect night out (or in!) involves Jerry and a long walk. We love to just walk with no real hurry to get somewhere while enjoying some great conversation...and always lots of teasing and laughs.




Welcome to our wedding invitation and online RSVP website!

You received this email because you're are a very special part of our lives, because you mean so much to us, and we would so love for you to be a part of our wedding celebration!

Since our wedding is just around the corner and because we have friends all over the world, we decided to do something a little unique and create an online invitation and wedding website. This is a fun, convenient, and special way for our friends and family to share in our wedding celebration. We hope you'll use it to get to know us better and keep up-to-date on our plans. We know it's a little cheesy but it's the best site we could find at such short notice. ;-)

This is where you'll be able to read a little bit more about us, hear the details about the wedding and especially important - you can RSVP to all of the wedding events. We so hope to see you in person very soon!

-Jerry and Melissa



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Until the big day

Happily married